The Hip-Hop Challenge

Good afternoon!

As we trickle our way through the New Year, and with February around the corner I have to say that time moves fast and the days seem shorter! Anyway, I’ve started a new job back in November and so far so good. It’s new for me and I’m starting to get the hang of it. It’s not in my field but it’s helping me with my people skills.  The only thing is that I’ve been missing church a lot lately. I finally went last week on Saturday but I was late. I made in time to hear my pastor preach and the choir sings. At least I made it on time for that. I finally had the day off to myself but yet I am still ripping and running around. It seems as if I never stop!

To get to the subject, like I said in the beginning I have been missing church for quite a while, and I don’t like it. Nor have I read my bible. So, I feel empty in some sort of way. It feels like I’m moving but I’m not going anywhere. I am working and going to school but still nothing.  I sort of felt out of place when I entered my church last week. I use to go to church every Saturday or Sunday and try my best to make it to bible study. But, since I took this second job, it seems as if I can never make it. I am too tired to. So, I made up my mind that something has to give. I have to quit one of my jobs in order for me to have that time to go to church. I’ve been okay in my personal life but spiritually I haven’t been okay. I need to devote my time to GOD. That’s from reading, praying, and music too!

Everyone knows I am a hip hop lover! I listen to everything from The Roots to Wale. But, I feel as if that could be part of the reason I feel this way. I need to keep myself encouraged and listen to positive things. Now, don’t get me wrong Mos Def and Talib spit good lyrics but I need something that is going to speak to my spirit and something that will help me focus and not stray away.  Some of us get so caught in life that we forget who’s been waking us up and giving us favor and grace to let us see another day.

 I am challenging myself to the 2 week hip hop challenge no hip hop music for two weeks straight, no hip hop websites (world star, ECT). I need to read things that are inspiring. I started today as a matter of fact. I didn’t turn on 97.9FM today I turned to see if the old school mix was on and it wasn’t. So, I listened to 90.9FM and then I turned on my Pandora to listen to Gospel. I challenge some of you to do the same thing! It doesn’t have to be music it can be anything.  This is going to motivate me to and I will give an update on how things went! Until then, stay blessed!

PEACE!

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12: 2

DO NOT CALL ME WHITE GIRL!

Nothing annoys me the most is when you are with a group of associates and you’re having a discussion, they state their opinions and then you open your mouth to say something and they look at you and the first thing that comes out of their mouth is… (Drum roll) “YOU SOUND LIKE A WHITE GIRL”!  Really! Somebody please tell me what a white girl sounds like? I was driving with a couple of friends and the first thing that comes out of this girl’s mouth is… (Drum roll) “YOU DRIVE WITH BOTH HANDS ON THE WHEEL. OH YOU DRIVE LIKE A WHITE GIRL”! I swear I wanted to pull over and unlock the doors saying. “Then get out and find your way home”!

   I get so irritated when my fellow African-Americans cannot appreciate you and where you come from. I know you’re probably saying well if that’s the case then don’t hang out with them sheesh Char! Maybe you’re right, but I’ve heard it all my life. People assume just because  you were raised differently and the things you have, means that you cannot relate to them.

Ever since I could remember I have been teased by the way I talk, what I listened too and who I was attracted too and so forth. Of course I have learned to grow thicker skin, but every now and then I do I get irritated. Why do you have to be a “white girl” because of the things you say and what you do? Why do you have to be a “white girl” because you weren’t born in the hood or haven’t been through what they been through. Why should you be criticized about your “blackness” because you were raised in a good environment?

Over the years I learned to be proud of where I was raised and what schools I attended in grade school. I am not ashamed to say that I was raised by both of my parents in a nice neighborhood.  I was a huge Nsync, Backstreet, and Brittney Spears fan. SO WHAT! No, I don’t date “thugs”; I am attracted to a young man that is responsible, smart, and has a great personality. No matter what his race may be. I am me!

So please my brothers and sisters do not put someone down or make fun of them because they are different from you. We’re all trying to become better people as a whole. I understand that sometimes it may be fun and games, but have you ever stopped to think that maybe you’re annoying the heck out of your friend by making those comments. It’s bad enough that we have to act a certain way to prove ourselves but as African-Americans we need to learn how to support each other!

Have a good night! Peace!

“What is blackness? Is it the way you talk? Do you got to say, ‘Dey this, dey dat.’ Or the way you dress? Or is it the forgiving of certain things? What is black enough?” 

Douglas Wilder